no matter what the weather….

Ok, so now we have had the snow and the freezing temperatures to go with it, it almost feels like Spring is in the air.

I did enjoy the big freeze, but also know I’m very lucky as I have a warm and cozy home to go to and was able to light our fire too.

I hope you have all managed to keep warm.

I was so looking forward to visiting the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show in London Olympia, no snow was going to stop me! After walking to our train station, then finally catching a train London bound, with one change, only to be told the train driver had fallen ill and was waiting for an ambulance to collect him! Poor man, I do hope he is ok.

Plan C had to fall into plan, another train, tube and cab and I finally got there. I did race through the exhibition halls as I kept hearing the announcements that the trains will be delayed or cancelled in the afternoon due to the severe weather conditions. I left for  home earlier than planned, but did manage to find some really lovely bits and pieces, some red linen for a dress I need to make soon, some cashmere lace from Yarntelier, yup you guessed it……. for another scarf/shawl. Funny though, I cannot find a pattern that I like, so I used some inspiration of another shawl I had made in the summer and wrote my own pattern. I will keep you posted on that one. The inspiration will have to be credited to “Bettle’s bum” you can find the pattern on Ravelry.

I also found a lovely stall called Block Kraft with amongst other things sell the most beautiful wooded blocks for fabric printing. I’m so excited to introduce these in my weekend workshops. Do have a look at their shop on line.

 

There were also some very inspirational works from students on display.

 

So many things to do again, I love it.

 

lots of love

 

E x

knitting, wool, crochet and more

Oh what to do with an ill daughter who needs to stay in bed? As a sign of solidarity stay in bed too, that was my thought this morning.

Finally I had time to peruse my latest Landscape magazine which I did, almost cover to cover, until I reached the article about Amanda Perkins who crochets the most beautiful blankets.Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 11.11.53.png

I just love, love,love the colours! The best is still to come – Amanda’s blankets will be exhibited at the Unravel Fair at the Farnham Maltings this weekend! Oh yes, I have planned to visit.

The fair is on all weekend (Friday – Sunday) I have visited the last two years and can thoroughly recommend you do too. It is small enough to manage and big enough to maintain the interest, the most lovely wools and inspiration galore.

 

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Well what is left to say, but to see you there (thank goodness husband can look after ill daughter)

 

love E x

Unravel and Orange Cake

It might be half term, but this does not mean we are standing still.

Visitis to Ikea (there is always something one needs in Ikea, right?), lovely lazy morning walks which have been good for all of us.

I have just baked a delicious orange cake for my workshop attendants tomorrow. Yes, the pompom workshop is happening tomorrow, so excited :-).

As I was looking up the recipe I noticed that I had hand written it in my cookbook which I have since I was 17 years old. The pages are discoloured and splattered, but the recipe still works and I still love the taste.

Ok, I’ll share it with you:

 

You will need

75 g flour

75 g cornflour

1/2 tsp baking powder

4 eggs

200 g caster sugar

2 tsp grated orange zest

80 g melted butter

juice of 5 oranges plus 1 tblsp sugar

 

Beat eggs with sugar over hot water till very, very creamy

Sieve flour, cornflower and baking powder and fold into egg mixture

Fold in melted butter and add orange zest

 

Line a round baking tin and add mixture

Bake at 170*C for about 30 minutes.

 

While cake is baking juice the oranges, add the sugar and heat. Do not boil!

Once cake is baked, prick with a fork and add hot orange juice.

Let it stand to cool and only then remove from tin.

Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

orange cake

I hope you will enjoy this as much as I have and still do.

 

The Sewing Bee is on tonight and I can watch it live. So excited to sit with my girls and watch all the talented ladies and gents perform their magic. I have not got a favourite contestant yet, do you?

 

The most exciting event of the week is the Unravel show at the Farnham Maltings. I went last year and loved it. So looking forward to spending my Saturday there. If you are able to, do try and get there. It starts on Friday 20th and ends Sunday 22nd February.

Hope you are having a great week too

 

love Ex

AWBS Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre

Hello…..

I know it has been a while since my last post, but I have been busy, busy, busy preparing my stock for the AWBS Christmas Craft and Gift Fair this Friday, 7th November, 10am – 4pm,  at the Ascot Racecourse Pavilion.

 

You are able to download a two for one coupon on the website too.

This is a fair organised by AWBS (American Women of Berkshire and Surrey). I have had the pleasure of being a visitor in the past and have always walked away with some stunning gifts, some for myself, and some for others.

All proceeds to benefit local charities.

Have a look at the vendor list, they are not all seasonal, there will be plenty for every body.

I will have my stall in HALL 2, stall number 75, please come and visit!

Here is a little preview of what I have on offer.

 

 

 

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awbs cushion pic

 

Look forward to seeing you there

 

 

love Ex

 

 

My lovely tank top

Hello

yes I finally completed my lovely tank top and have worn it too.

What started like this…..

 

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….is now looking like this.

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I thoroughly enjoyed creating this and am enjoying wearing it even more.

I had to learn how to do the icrod finish and can honestly say that is it a lot easier than I thought.A lovely way to finish edges of any kind. A great tutorial can also be found on the Purl Bee website.

icord finish

Just to remind you the pattern comes from Purl Bee my favourite website at the moment, and the wool is from Eden Cottage Yarns, bought through Loop.

What next I ask? No need to search for too long, Purl Bee have all the inspiration needed and before I know what is knitting, I’m in the middle of my next project. Or should I say projects? I’m in the middle of knitting a variegated snood

varigated cowl (another of Purl Bee’s creations) a silky mohair jacket inspired by Debbie Bliss and trying to get to grips with some linen wool I bought in the summer.

debbie bliss angel

Event of the week must be the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London this weekend. (8-12 October)

I visited last year and was overwhelmed by the volume and beauty of what was on offer. Unfortunately I will not be able to visit this year 😦

However there is still the Farnham Maltings Festival of Crafts next weekend (18&19th October) I quite fancy going to have a look at what promises to be a very inspirational  fair.

 

oooohhhh so much to do, I love it.

 

Hope you are having a great week too

 

love Ex

 

lovely September

I’m really sad that our Summer is slowly but surely coming to an end, however I’m loving our September. The days start and end crisp and chilly and are so sunny and warm during the day.

We are all enjoying getting back into our various routines, being school, work or taking Tiger for longer walks, (she is allowed a 20 minute walk now 🙂 ).

 

It also means that we are back at our craft classes, with news ideas, new members and tons of creativity. Ann has wasted no time and has already completed her first project.

 

She bought the waxed fabric while on holiday in France and Voila, an apron is made! See, it really is that simple.IMG_5828

There are many things to look forward to in the next few weeks, longer nights do mean more time to knit, right?

Lots of talk going on about The Handmade Fair being held at Hampton Court next week (19th – 21st September)

the handmade fair
I have not decided yet if I will be going, then again I really ought to, don’t  you think? It would give me loads of new blog material and some creative ideas and finding new suppliers and,  and,  and…………
It is also the time to start thinking about seasonal gifts, yes we do need time to prepare. I will be offering several workshops in felting, wet and needle and also knitting the continental way and in the round while using different wools at the same time.
I hope that you have all had a great summer and look forward to hearing about your projects
love E x

Knitted sheep and a little more………

Where does the time go? Too busy crafting I guess.

It  has been a busy time here at Love to Craft, many new projects and a new baby too.

Congratulations to Karen and Thomas on the birth of a girl, I cannot wait to meet her. I have made the hat so now I need to see if it fits 🙂

Helena Hat

 

Lorraine has been feeling the love………..Lorraine Heart

 

……….and Lisa has been super sewing bee with this lovely apronLisa apron

 

You might know that my other passion ( I have many) is making pottery. I’m very proud of my latest piece Ela vase so much fun to make. I’m really pleased with the way the glaze turned out, not always predictable.

Caroline has very quietly started kintting a little farm, the first cuties look so sweet!Caroline's sheep

 

We were very busy bees yesterday at our tea cosy felting workshop. These are the felted tea cosies, drying and waiting to be embellished further today.

3 tea cosies

There has also been lots happening around and about. Please remember the C&H Sewing Bee competition. Please click on link for further details. I’m hoping to take part. Did I just put that in writing? Yikes, I better get going then!

Create a festival of creativity in Henley on Thames is comming up (29-30March) this weekend. Remember the post about yarn bombing a boat for Henley? Well, if you visit the Create Festival you can get knitting a crocheting straight away and your creation will be added to the boat. Thank you again to all of you who have given me your squares, I have pass them on to Lady Sew and Sew and they will be used. Cannot wait to see the lovely yarn bombed boat 🙂

 

We also have the Henley Arts Trail to look forward to. It takes place on Sat3rd May – Mon 5th May.A lovely day out with so much to see and do.

 

As you can see, lots is happening and so much more to look forward to.

 

Have a great weekend and happy crafting

 

love  E x

 

 

To be inspired

As I mentioned in my last post, Farnham Maltings hosted the Unravel Fair. It was all about yarns, wools and what to do with them all. I’m so glad I went with a budget as it would have been so easy to buy the lot.Farnham Maltings dove

All the stalls and the stall holders were absolutely delightful, however one stood out for me, and there were a few, a lady called Jenny Barnett. She is a Master felter par excellence! Send her a photograph of your pet and she will felt it.jenny barnettShe also creates the most beautiful little dresses, fit for any fairy. Please do let me know if you have anything made by her I would love to see it.

I got to meet the lovely lady from Artisan Yarns who dies seaweed and silk wool. Yes seaweed and silk. I could not help myself but had to buy just one skein and am itching to get started.

I had a try at spinning wool, it takes great skill, which I’m sure will come with practice. Will this be the next step?  Oh dear Lord give me more hours in the day 🙂

 

We have been busy here at our classes too. Siobham has finished  making the beautiful cushion cover, her first project on the sewing machine, the napkin rings don’t count she tells me.Siobhan cushion

Thank goodness it is almost the weekend, so there will be more time to knit.

Hope you are happy crafting too!

 

love, E X

 

PS: I found this in the Simple Things magazine: Next time you have a spill go to www.woolsafe.org/uk the award winning Stain Guide app

Free Patterns, Fairs and other bits

Good morning

It might be half-term for us in the UK, but that means more time to research and to knit of coarse.

I  spent some of my time on Pinterest, my favourite site of all, and found this fun website. mystylerules.com

You key in your measurements and it will tell you which style of clothing suites your body shape the best. Not that we don’t know that already, a little bit of fun if you have too much time on your hands. It is half-term after all.

As you might know, I love to knit and one of my favourite stores, if not the best store ever, is Loop based in Islington, London.

It is so beautiful, with so many choices of wool and gorgeous patterns. I receive their email updates, which I look forward to. There are often free patterns with advice and many other interesting information.

Which leads me to Kate, who is in knitting mania, creating one beautiful hat after another.Kate hat 2

Will we be getting the colder weather to sport our new creations?

If you have some spare time this weekend (21.22.23 February): Unravel….a festival of knitting at the Farnham Maltings, is the place to go. It looks  good and I’m sure will be very inspiring.

 

If you enjoy embroidery Caroline Zoob ( I have one of her books: The Hand Stitched Home) is hosting some workshops in a private house near Guilford, Surrey.

I would like to make just about every project in her book.

email sales@carolinezoob.co.uk or telephone 07929 826052 for more info

 

So back to the couch and my knitting…………..I wish this would be the case. It will have to be the house work first,  but I have my girls home to help, if and when they decide to part with their beds 🙂

 

Have a great week

 

love E x

workshops, birthdays, Christmas……….

Yes, I did manage to get to the Renegade fair in London last weekend. My friend and I braved the torrential rains and headed off. When we finally found the entrance to the fair (took a few trips round the building) we were faced with many enthusiastic crafters, some who were really great and others who were not so great. If I’m totally honest (which I usually am) I was a little disappointed. I expected there to me greater diversity and also more exhibitors. Never the less we had a great time and a most delicious meal at a Thai Restaurant called Rosa’s Thai Cafe.

I have had such a lovely week, thank you to all the ladies who have attended craft classes and workshops this week. I’m learning so much about crafting, but also about many other topics too.
Have you heard about Harry Eastwood? She writes the most interesting and amazing cookery books. Thank you Sarah for telling me about her and to Rachel for bring along her book for me to have a look at. I cannot wait to try the first recipe, just having great difficulty to decide which one?

There has been great progress with our projects and we have started to seriously look at Christmas decorations. All the ladies are so creative, just look at these lovely pictures.angis hearts 2 These adorable hearts have been created by Angi and have Hans Christian Andersen Christmas illustrations. What a fantastic idea.

Kate K has completed her first apron yeah!! it looks so good!kates apron

Charlotte is making slippers, they are beautiful charlotte slippers

Kate G has made a felting bunting, I love the colours it looks so beautiful hung up! Kates Stars

I had my first adult beading workshop which was a great success with all ladies going home with a really lovely piece of jewellery bead workshop cakesbeading workshop table……….
……….and I have decided to knit a pair of socks 🙂ela socks1……..

………I haven’t knitted socks for over 10 years so about time I start. Thanks to German engineering at it’s best I will end up with some lovely stripes without having to change thread at all. Have a look at their website, they have all kind of free patterns to download and off you go. As I added the link I read that I was supposed to knit the wool from the outside of the ball and not the inside ggggrrrrrr. I will have to start again, although it does not look too bad don’t you think?

Now off to start another lovely week with even some snow predicted?

Have a great week

x